Like Coronavirus, Tax Crooks Are Always Evolving

Like Coronavirus, Tax Crooks Are Always Evolving

Every year, scam artists innovate and the IRS plays catch-up. Don’t get me wrong, the IRS has a diligent fraud unit and they communicate to the public in a clear and concise way. That said, crooks can be frighteningly resourceful and creative — and every tax season...
Why Do People Fall for Scams?

Why Do People Fall for Scams?

Why do people fall for scams? Scams are as old as the human condition. Research has suggested that might be due to a biological explanation, but psychologists have been studying people’s responses to scams and potential scams — and the results offer insights that may...

Elder Abuse: Brenda’s Story

Last week, we didn’t have enough money in our client’s account to pay her assisted living bill, so we sent a report of expenses to her son, who is also her power of attorney. We noticed that there was a check for $10,000 payable to the granddaughter...

Criminals Didn’t Take Memorial Day off this Year

Memorial Day weekend was a busy one for me, with calls from banks and clients investigating and asking about potential fraud. First I got a call from someone at Citibank asking about some checks that were presented for large sums on a client’s account. They wanted to...